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The University of Rhode Island’s Big Thinkers acknowledges Talent Development’s Janelle Amoako

If you want to know how to prepare for a career in the complex world of health care, you might want to look at Janelle Amoako’s resume. The spring 2015 graduate packed her URI years with jobs, internships and volunteer experiences that furthered her nursing education. All that work has paid off in a job […]

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The Talent Development Program remembers Romario Rousseau

The Talent Development Program is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our students and member of the TD Nation, Romario Rousseau, 20, who passed away on Saturday, the eighth of August, 2015. Romario entered URI through TD during the summer of 2013 and was pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Romario was also […]

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3 TD students present at Honor’s Conference

Last week, three Talent Development students shared their Honors Program Capstone Projects at URI’s Annual Honors Conference. Janelle Amoako, Bintou Marong, and Kevin Pajaro were compelling presenters in the gallery style presentation of their projects.   Janelle Amoako of Nursing conducted research pertaining to “Embracing the asset of cultural identity of URI nursing students.” Her […]

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Student Proves You’re Never Too Old To Learn

Talent Development would like to highlight Cheryl Robinson-Roberts. Cheryl entered the Talent Development Program in 1976 and despite life’s challenges and obstacles, she will proudly walk across the stage on May 17th with her bachelors degree. For more on information about Cheryl’s journey, click here.


TD’s founding Assistant Director being awarded with honorary doctorate

Mr. Leo DiMaio, Jr., will be among five recipients of honorary doctorate degrees at the 2015 commencement ceremony. Mr. Leo DiMaio Jr., affectionately known as “Mr. D”, will be receiving a Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa (posthumously). He was the founding Assistant Director of the Talent Development program, later serving as director from 1983-1998. Mr. […]

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Talent Development alum elected superintendent of Central Falls schools

Talent Development alum Victor Capellan, chairman of the Providence Democratic City Committee, has been named the superintendent of schools in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Victor served as deputy superintendent in Central Falls from 2010 and 2014, will succeed Dr. Fran Gallo, who is set to retire after eight year leading the city’s school department. For more information […]


Talent Development senior, Akintoye Onikoye, showcases wristband to assist Parkinson’s disease development

Talent Development would like to acknowledge Ankintoye Onikoye (also known as Toye), a senior majoring in electrical engineering. Toye, along with fellow engineering students Trevor Bernier and Joseph Tudino were participants in the International Undergraduate Global Health Technologies Design Competition at Rice University in Houston, Texas. There they showcased TeleTremor, a wristband used to assist […]

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Meet Outstanding URI Student and Scholarship Recipient Genesis Santos ‘17

Talent Development’s Genesis Santos ’17 is a recent recipient of the Chester H. Kirk Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the Ruth and Morton Grossman Endowment Fund, and has future plans to become a nurse practitioner. Genesis, a Providence native, has various roles on campus some of which include orientation leader, a URI 101 mentor, peer educator at the […]


Talent Development graduating senior living his dream

Imagine having a dream where your most desired career is just within your grasp and then you wake up to find yourself already living that dream. Currently, this is 22-year-old, University of Rhode Island senior, Bennett Koffa’s life. As the Woonsocket native finishes up his last few months at URI he is leaving behind a […]

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Graduating TD Nation senior thinking big

University of Rhode Island senior Luckson Omoaregba of Pawtucket, R.I. has a clear vision for higher education. “Many universities lack a process that molds holistic students. Many students leave college as one-dimensional people who know little beyond what they learned in the classroom,” said Omoaregba, who will graduate from URI May 17. He has been […]

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